More on WR Brandon Coleman
Steve Yanda recently had a good talk with Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman, a four-star prospect who has narrowed his options to Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Maryland. Here’s come of what Coleman had to say:
“Maryland was the first Division I school to give me a scholarship (offer). That was kind of big for me, getting a scholarship (offer). They took me in with open arms. It's close to home. I can visit there whenever I want to. I went to practices. Just went up there just because. The coaching staff is just real welcoming -- Coach Friedgen, Coach Franklin, Coach Hull, the rest of the coaching staff. I'm looking for them to be very strong going down the recruiting process.
“When Rutgers came into the picture, I didn't really know much about them. All I knew was that they were pretty good academically and that they was in Jersey. When I did my research, they was real good academically, No. 3 in the country with the APR. Whenever I visited up there I felt the same way as with Maryland. The coaching staff was real welcoming. I just felt I could see myself there, and the same thing with Maryland.
“The first time I went up to Rutgers was last spring. I'd been to Jersey last year before, but it was for a national underclassmen combine. But it wasn't at Rutgers; it was at some high school. Their (Rutgers') facilities are relatively new. Their football field, they just finished their stadium, they closed in their stadium, so that was real nice. When I went up there for the game, it was just real intense. Hopefully, I'll be able to make it to the game next week (the Maryland-Rutgers game). That would be a good chance for me to see what both teams are about.
“(on Rutgers assistant Gary Emanuel) He's pretty straight forward. Him and Coach Bevill (Bishop McNamara's coach) have a relationship. They go way back. Coach Bevill was kind of telling me how (Emanuel) is as a person. Coach Emanuel is able to relate to me and to my parents in a good way and in a way that I respect. My father (Zach) is the head manager of civil engineering at Regan National Airport and my mother (Tracy) works at a defense group incorporated.
“Coach Franklin is real upbeat, real intense personality. He wants to come off as he's excited about what's going on every time he talks to somebody. Coach Hull is kind of laid back. They both know what they talking about, and it's just a mix that they can work together. One's laid back and one has a lot of energy, but they can still work together to get the job done.
“When I went to Rutgers and they played Cincinnati, the outcome of that game didn't change my mind about where they stand. (on the Maryland-Rutgers game's potential impression) Just the level of intensity. I want to see how they compete and if that's something I could see myself being a part of because I'm a competitor. When the times get rough can you go ahead and not get your head down and still grind? I know Maryland is going to fight; I know Rutgers is going to fight. So that's going to be a good game.
“No. 1 is the people, and by that I mean the coaching staff, the players and as I visit the campuses more and more and they introduce me to people like the athletic directors, the deans, I've got to be able to feel comfortable, not with everybody because everybody is different, but, like, the community and the environment, I've got to feel like it's a family to me. Second is academics. They've got to have a major that I'm interested in, which would be kinesiology or mechanical engineering. And the next one probably would be the football program. Where are they going? How is things now? How is the coaching staff running things?”
September 25, 2009; 12:51 PM ET
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